#CouchbyCouchwest – entrepreneurs in sofa chat

Actually, they all wanted to be in Austin, Texas to participate at SXSW. As you know, that couldn’t happen, but luckily there is #CouchbyCouchwest, and so the founders of JOBMATCH.ME, femtasy and Vast Forward can present themselves to the world in a video interview. You can read how this sofa conference of the network german.innovation in cooperation with the city of Hamburg came about here.

JOBMATCH.ME has a heart for non-academic professions

How system relevant can startups be? Quite, if they, like JOBMATCH.ME, enable improvements in crucial industries. Logistics and medical care are undoubtedly part of this. JOBMATCH.ME started its business with the placement of truck drivers and has recently expanded it to caregivers. Founder Daniel Stancke tells us what is special about his company.

femtasy provides for sensual listening experiences

For all women who have read their bookshelves empty and already have angular eyes from Netflix binging, there is a thrilling alternative. femtasy offers erotic radio plays that are especially designed for female needs. Nina Julie Lepique and Michael Holzner talk about their startup and their plans in which the USA continues to play an important role.

For Vast Forward, home (and boat) office is normality

In contrast to the two companies presented above, Vast Forward is not a startup in the true sense of the word. Considering that, the digital agency has a particularly contemporary working model: the head office is located on a sailboat, and all employees work from home throughout the country. Home office, or boat office, has always been the norm here. In an interview, Maren and Matthias Wagener explain how this works.


Since 2014, we at Hamburg Startups have been making sure that startups can show that they hav it at SXSW. From March 13th to 22nd, Austin was once again supposed to become the hub of the creative and digital world. Traditionally, the German delegation is one of the strongest. Thanks to the support of our partners from Hamburg Invest, Baden-Württemberg International, Sutor Bank, Vast Forward, german.innovation and Klitschko Ventures, startups received comprehensive support. We reported in advance and planned to do this on location.

New in Austin would have been the first appearance of german.innovation, an open collaborative network. It was created with the aim of strengthening and connecting innovative creatives, founders, companies and scientists. The presence was made possible by the commitment and financial support of the cities of Hamburg and Munich, the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate, and numerous partners from industry and science.